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america mobile app, available for your apple and android mobile device. download it now >> on "america tonight": new clashes, more key territory grabbed by rebel fighters. and more doubt that baghdad's leader can hang on. is the country headed towards a breakup no one can prevent? >> with the number of foreign fighters that have been assembled this remains a very significant issue. >> the pressure grows on iraq in turmoil. also tonight, when shangri la meets the american dream. correspondent michael okwu meets a growing but troubled community in the pacific northwest and
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learns why they left the country that measures its success in gross national happiness. for the hard life of a refugee here. and brothers beyond the badges. honor students, athletes and living by the boy scout motto. >> on my honor i will do my best to do my duty to god and my country and to obey the scout law. >> even when it doesn't equally honor both of them. >> good evening, thanks for joining us. i'm joie chen. the question increasingly asked about the future of iraq's leader, is he offering too little too late? just one day after president obama called on prime minister nouri al maliki to include a more inclusive leadership, there are growing calls for him to
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stitch down including the leader of the country, grand ayatollah ali al sistani. iraqi troops are now holding ground in three important battle fields, bakuba, tal afar, and the oil refinery. but the drum beat continues to grow on that. here is "america tonight"'s sheila macvicar. >> slick uniforms newly pressed. 13 minute propaganda and recruitment video was uploaded to a youtube channel, from i.s.i.l , and quickly taken down.
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using pseudonyms, some of them say they're british. >> the family you have are you willing to sacrifice this for the sacrifice of allah? >> one the video suggested has been since killed in fighting. speaking english in a deliberate effort to appeal to those sitting on western sofas, these are foreign fighters governments from washington to canbarra to london have worried and wondered about for months. >> i.s.i.l. is a threat not just to iraq and to the entire region but it is a threat to europe, the united states, and other countries in the world, and obviously with the number of foreign fighters that have been assembled in syria, this remains a very significant issue. >> reporter: the islamic state
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of iraq and syria, sometimes called isis. there is a long list of suspected war crimes are attributed to i.s.i.s. >> almost inevitable having an organization like i.s.i.s. for example is even too extreme for al qaeda, that will be september back to egypt, to britain and expected to undergo attacks there as well. >> the seeds of 9/11 are being planted all over iraq and syria. you don't have to believe me. this is what they're telling you they're going to do. >> french and belgian police say a french national, who fought with i.s.i.l, was responsible for the shooting deaths of three
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jewish tourists outside the holocaust memorial in brussels. fearing going to syria and those coming back. >> we have taken this extremely seriously. there have already been 65 syria related arrests in this cup. we will take every step we can to stop people traveling to syria, keep them from coming back if they have become radicalized. and to keep people save. >> this one calls for the support of a billion muslims and features a liquor i be h -- cleric from sudan. are someone has at which time erd under the wicky handle wiki baghdadi. suggests the foreign fighters aren't fully trusted. only 20% of the fighting force and denied leadership positions. a window into the thinking of
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this most brutal and ruthless group, a group that might prove to be too brutal for its current allies. >> "america tonight"'s sheila macvicar joins us. point? >> it is about i.s.i.l, but not exclusively about i.s.i.l. there may be several thousand battle hardened i.s.i.l. fighters. but former baathists loyal to saddam hussein, joined by a common cause, their common cause, the dislike of the maliki government. sunni tribal leaders who are very important with this, they are saying, you deal with al-maliki and we'll deal with i.s.i.l. coming from the sunni tribal leader ranked number one on the
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wanted lirs by th -- wanted list by u.s. in 2003. >> are you hearing something? sheila. are you hearing echoes of this back home? >> i do, and i thank sheila for a ver comprehensive analysis. but a simplistic analysis about one terrorist crazy group trying to take over a strong legitimate central government, while things on the ground are more messy. there are some people with very legitimate grievances against iraqi political system who are joining in. and the size of i.s.i.l. is smaller than what it's portrayed in the u.s. media. that said, i.s.i.l. is indeed a scary group. it's a very extremist group and many iraqis are not happy with it either. i don't think people would live
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under their control of i.s.i.l, even without any criticism coming from the u.s. or maliki government. so you have so many different forces there. but i think at the time being, seems like everyone is working together because they have one common enemy. and that one common enemy is the entire current political process. so it's not just about al-maliki. i think al-maliki if he was to step down this week if things were not evolved this fast. >> do you see a way forward for political process to evolve itself so that al-maliki is persuaded to step aside? and then what happens? >> the problem at this moment is i don't think there's a recognition of political leadership behind the uprising. and that should happen before we talk the about inclusion.
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and so far, from the iraqi government and its allies in tehran, that this is a terrorist organization taking over the country, and we have to defeat them, and with this subject, i don't think there's any space for political inclusion or moving forward on a diplomatic path. but once there is that -- some recognition that there are some legitimate players there in the six revolting provinces, i think that will be a step in the right direction. >> if we don't see a method of inclusion, are we headed for an inevitable division of the country? >> the division already happened. it is foldersing it. same with kurdistan. >> kurdistan exists. >> i think situation maybe between
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what is a sunnistan and shiastan. , people can go back to their origination and neighborhoods, it's not that long and divisions are not as deep but i don't think it will happen in a few weeks. this country was broken in 12 years, and it will take a decade or decades to fix. so i think what we will be seeing in the next few days and weeks is unfortunately more escalation, more movement towards military resolution of the conflict rather than a political one. >> appreciate your being here and talking about these subjects. our "america tonight" sheila macvicar, and rory jarar. thank you. after the break on "america tonight": desperation and anger after three israeli teens are
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kidnapped. why their disappearance has led to a fierce crack down. and what the consequences might be. also ahead, children at the border, the white house takes new steps to take underage, undocumented and unaccompanied migrants home and to try to prevent them from making the perilous journey north in the first place. >> fran drescher >> bad things happen to good people >> an incredible fight >> there was like a perfect storm... >> an ability to overcome... >> i was able to turn my pain into purpose... >> her inspirational story >> you pull yourself up, and you start all over again... >> every saturday join us for exclusive, revealing, and surprising talks with the most interesting people of our time. >> talk to al jazeera only on al jazeera america >> audiences are intelligent and they know that their needs are not being met by
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blow-back, as palestinians. strike back. the teenagers were hitchhiking at night when they were taken. they were last seen getting into a car. within ten minutes one of them apparently called the police whispering, i've been kidnapped. but authorities thought it was a crank call and didn't begin a search for hours. until the boys' worried parents called for help. >> translator: when we heard the news the community felt like this is our child and everybody, even if they don't know him, he is connected to us. everybody's confused. it's difficult for them. we're all waiting for answers, like the parents. >> the kidnapping very quickly inspired a social media campaign. on twitter, the hashtag bring back our boys, like the bring back our girls for the
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nigerian school girls. prime minister benjamin netanyahu made clear who he thought was responsible. >> they were kidnapped by hamas, we are no doubt about that, it is absolutely certain. hamas has repeatly called for the kidnap and murder of israeli citizens. >> hamas hasn't claimed responsibility but it hasn't condemned the kidnapping either. >> netanyahu's statements are stupid. they are part of a secret service war. escalation against our people and against is palestinian leadership including the large scale detentions and harassments of our people in the occupied west bank. >> israel launched a widespread crack down and search, raising age are in the west bank. >> i was handcuffed and thrown outside with my family for hours. when we came back in the house was a mess.
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it was trashed. >> tensions rose in the streets as the crack down led to a death of a palestinian teen in the west bank while the families of the missing boys waited desperately for news. >> we're all in shock. i'm still in shock. like it hits me again and again and again like it's unbelievable. a kid coming back from school and he's gone. it's like unbelievable, the cruelty, i'm still in shock over and over again. >> the kidnapping comes just after long time rivals hamas and fatah come together. from technical west bank al jazeera's jane ferguson tells us this poses a first test for new union. >> already a ripple across the palestinian landscape. fatah and hamas joined in a unity government. that was a move the israelis
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strongly criticize. they still see hamas as a terrorist organization and they criticized fatah and its leadership including the palestinian leader mahmoud abbas. the greatest challenge yet. palestinian leader mahmoud abbas, are palestinian security forces are helping for the search for three missing teens. that has drawn some criticism from hamas who says anybody who criticizes what they call the resistance is harming palestine and harming the palestinians. the two groups are not necessarily name-calling at this point but tensions are clear. all the while the israelis maintain they believe hamas too took the three teenagers. the blow back across the
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palestinian territories across the west bank is focusing on hamas. >> jane ferguson reporting for us from the west bank. we'll continue to watch that. on violence in this country, crime and punishment when it involves young killers. on this week's episode of the system by joe berlinger, life sentences without parole for miles an hour. >> flint, michigan consistently ranks as one of the most violent are areas. during the ensuing trials, there was conflicting testimony as to which of the juvenile offenders actually shot and killed mr. nettles as he tried escape. but one of the juveniles joe ann was
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convicted of the murder. >> what was it like getting out of growing up in flint? >> growing up seeing other people doing this. i just that's how i had to 75. i just felt like that's easy, way. >> did you ever feel scared or threatened? >> yes. i probably shot a lot of times, because a lot of people didn't like us, i didn't know who to trust at times. i got to watch where i go. >> tell me about your mom. >> my mom, she really ain't got that much, you know. she got a job but the check ain't really that much. she has to do it by herself. take care of me and my four sisters.
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>> sonia burkes has been working her job at the laundromat for nearly nine years. despite health problems including a broken arm she never misses a day. >> i can't afford to take a day off. every dollar counts. come to work with a broken arm all in pain too. >> making enough money to support joehan in prison. >> trying to get together like $80, expensive but it's worth it. that way he has his own food. don't need to ask nobody for nothing. >> sonia has stood by jo han's murder, nine years ago , johan was only 16 at the time and the police could not question him without her consent.
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>> i was kind of scared. i was high, i was high on weed and pills. two officers, they interviewed me, interrogated me, i didn't really know what to do. >> at his interrogation johan admit his part in the crime and implicated the other teens. this confession all but guaranteed a conviction. >> you can catch the system with joe berlinger sunday night at 9:00 p.m. on al jazeera america. after the break, on the move, an being turned back. new efforts to keep migrant children from trying the cross the border. and sending them back faster if they do.
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also ahead. one of the fastest growing refugee groups in the united states and why they would want to leave the country that prides itself on national happiness? >> the kids, their culture shock was complete. and when you're in shock, you can't learn anything. they didn't have electricity, they didn't have computers. they needed help. just living in this modern world. >> leaving shangri la for the segment. >> on tech know. >> that is immense... >> there a misunderstood... ...vital part of the ecosystem >> a tiger shark... ...first one of the expodition >> can they be saved? >> sharks don't eat people... >> tech know, every saturday go where science meets humanity. >> this is some of the best driving i've every done, even though i can't see.
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get a global perspective on the news... >> the life of doha... >> this is the international news hour... >> an informed look on the night's events, a smarter start to your day. mornings on al jazeera america >> and now a snapshot of stories making headlines on "america tonight." the pope says dope, when it comes to legalizing dope, at a conference in rome pope francis took a hard stand on legalizing drugs. president obama orders the labor department to create rules under the family and medical leave act so that same sex couples will be protected if they take unpaid leave to take care of a sick spouse. this would apply even in states where same sex unions are not legal. and a troubling study shows that 55% of the homes in the country are at risk of natural disasters.
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areas prone to tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires and earthquakes. areas considered to be very high risk. the number of people forcibly displaced by war or persecution around the globe have soared to 51 million people. a report from the u.n. afs refuge u.n.'s refugee agency. stretching the limits. a breakdown of where they are coming from. afghanistan still accounts for the world's largest number of refugees. the increase from the war in syria and a number of countries in central africa. not for the latest conflict in iraq where more than a million iraqis have been displaced. influx of migrants coming
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into our country from the mexico border. the u.s. will send hundreds of millions in aid money to central america . lori jane gliha reports. >> overcrowded u.s. facilities continue the circulate, the federal government says it's stepping up efforts to detain illegal immigrants and send them back to their home countries as quickly as possible. congressional republicans are pressuring the president to do even more. >> we're seeing a humanitarian disaster. >> house speaker john boehner says he thinks the u.s. military should be called into action on the border. he asked for the immediate deployment of national guard troops to the mexican border and demand he the u.s. develop an aggressive communications plan. it's a point texas senator john cornin argued earlier this week
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as the governor there announced he would be sending state police officers to cover the texas-mexico line. >> unless we send a clear unambiguous message that our borders are clear, we can expect more and more central american migrants. >> vice president joe biden meanwhile has been meeting with leaders in central america. the white house announced the u.s. would also provide more than $161 million to help reduce violence in the region. a contributing factor in the surge. and guatemala, el salvador and funding. in the short term the obama administration and many democrats in the congress say the short term priorities are being sure that the children who have already reached here are properly
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fed and is properly housed before heading home. >> it is critical that every child receive undue process so we don't return them to violence. >> lori jane gliha is here. administration getting them back faster, how will they do that? >> they have talked about a surge in resources. they are planning to add immigration judges, ice attorneys, any that can look and process this cases more quickly. once they determine an adult is not available for asylum they will send them home immediately. once they figure out where the places are then they're going to add even more resources then to go through some of these cases. but they are also getting some help, giving some money to get help from central america. 9.6 million is going to el
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salvador, honduras and guatemala. >> and is there a sense you mentioned the vice president going down to central america to talk personally about this. is there a sense that there is receptivity to that? >> i think that's why they're having a conversation here. but it's also important to note that the president spoke to mexico, mexico needs to be an important player and he's asking for help from them as well to target these criminal groups who are aiding people coming up from central america. information. >> that is what the administration is saying, these are criminal organizations temg them once they get to the united states -- telling them once they get to the united states they'll have it easy. they're hoping mexico can crack down on these criminals and help enforce some of the areas of the border so the children dot make it all the way to the united states. >> "america
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tonight"'s lori jane gliha, thank you so much. the bhutanese. , are minority group packed off to any pal. in 2008, as part -- onepal. did leer to pursue the american dream but as "america tonight"'s michael okwu reports, that dream has turned to a nightmare for some . >> translator: i felt so bad. that's why i tried to end myself. >> reporter: suicide is not something we usually associate with this man's home country. bhutan. a place of legendary beauty. the fabled shan shangri la.
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>> what are the bhutanese told about the american dream? >> sidewalks paved with gold. if you work hard, but it takes time, maybe, people feel it's too long to get that dream. >> bhutanese refugees in america have been killing themselves higher than any other refugee population, with rates of depression running three times the u.s. national average. >> it's tragic. it's epidemic. >> the roots of the problem go backs to bhutan itself. until the 1990s, sam lived there in harmony. >> that harmony was destroyed when the former king of bhutan mandated a so-called one nation, one people policy, effectively a
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system for ethnic cleansing. a sixth of the population, more than 100,000 bhutanese of anyone allies origin, were brutalized. >> there is no hope no future. there is no identity. i'm one of the survivors. >> reporter: there are more than 20,000 anyone ali speaking bhutanese still suffering in refugee camps in an nepal. they are one of the fastest refugee groups in america. almost 76,000 have arrived since 2008. >> welcome to portland. >> that year, sam and his family were resettled in portland, oregon. >> i'm honored, namaste.
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>> today as a ceremonial welcome we were served a traditional goat meat lunch in sam's home. to make sure no refugees in portland commit suicide on his watch. sam's a case manager for lutheran community services. he also handles newly arrived bhutanese immigrants in portland. >> what is the challenge of a typical bhutanese refugee? >> language, life, dependency, culture. >> reporter: the culture clash has been apparent to ann downing. the local english as a second language teach. >> the culture clash was unique.
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they didn't have electricity, they didn't have computers. they needed help just living in this modern world. and sam was their go-to guy. >> reporter: it's 8:00 p.m. and sam's evening is just beginning. another group of bhutanese refugees is arriving tonight. several long flights and a world apart from kathmandu, this saga is just the first of many firsts to come. >> are they excited, are they nervous? >> very scared. >> they're scared. >> reporter: sam hands out $100 seed money. after 22 years living as refugees in camps in nepal, the family has each brought just one small bag.
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but they say what they will miss most from the camp are their friends. >> so the people. they told me that their life in america would be good comparing refugee life and it will be good for the kids. >> reporter: the vistas are introduced to the members of the community, and their new two bedroom apartment provided by the u.s. taxpayer for up to eight months. but they will have to start repaying an $8,000 travel loan from the international organization of migration in six months. they have never seen a washing machine, a refrigerator or running water before. two days ago they were living in a that much hut with no electricity where water was
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available out of a drum or bucket. sam instructs the family in how to use and flush a toilet. operate the shower. and borrow a phone to dial 911 in an emergency. the vistas have been in america less than 13 hours but already are running a tab. durga, the husband and father is expected to find work almost immediately. they sign up to receive food stamps, english classes, medical screening including a new assessment of mental health, and employment training. >> so whatever we borrow, we have to pay. and if i work i want pay. >> sam gives them a very important telephone number. the suicide prevention hot line.
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>> very important. >> for this man, we'll call him kumar, having someone he could call was the difference between life and death. >> we got a call that he was suicidal. that he wants to die. he was constant on his bills, he doesn't understand and it's hard to assimilate. >> kumar had already attempted suicide four times back in the refugee camp in nepal. a husband and father of four, he hasn't worked since. >> it was all bad bad bad life. >> in 2012 within the first three months of his new life in america he told his wife he was planning to hang himself. she called sam for help. >> reporter: how close was he to taking his life? >> almost. almost. almost there. >> almost there? sam tells us the refugees are
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often tempted to cocoon themselves in their new homes, which can lead to isolation and eventually depression. that's why he begins drawing men and women of every age into the larger bhutanese economy. bhutan is a largely agricultural community. sam introduces them to a community garden where they can work the soil, putting down roots. it's the first time we see the vistas vistas visibly relax. she is already more comfortable speaking out loud the little english she knows. >> it is happy. >> they are solving their problem, asking around and getting connected, that makes them a little more self sufficient and that's one of the
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goals we're working for. >> sam is now a u.s. citizen. his family has bought a small house together for everyone to share. by many measures his is a success story. still he says he'd return to home to bhutan if he could. weekly ceremonies keep did traditional hindu culture alive. within reach of each other. newcomers are always welcome. it's a little bit of bhutan in america. for the vista family, a little bit of shangri la in their american home. michael okwu, portland. >> coming up on "america tonight." a scout's duty to live with honor and honesty. >> it sounds to me that they're saying in one day all of the things that i learned in boy scouts all my morals suddenly changed.
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exams. >> are you guys ready? >> ready as i'll ever be. >> they are not ready to separate from each other. >> bye, dad. >> we've always been together. as twins. so we don't really know what it would be like to not. it's just -- yeah, it's just always been this way. >> from birth. >> yeah, from birth. we've always been together. >> they're identical twins, born 2 minutes apart. side by side always, as honor students, athletes and boy cots. >> on my honor i will do reply best. >> to obey the scout oath. >> to obey the scout law. >> friends joke the two are one and the same. >> and morally straight. >> there is one difference. august is straight. liam is gay. he's known since he was 14. >> i remember being in our room.
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and just being like, so, august, i think i like guys. i think i'm gay. he's like, okay. just turns off the light. goes to bed. >> liam was immediately embraced he says by high school friends and family. although his father had his own fears. >> my concern was for his welfare. on what position this would put him in or what risky positions it could put him in based on other people's attitudes towards his sexual orientation. >> and there was a reason for his concern. nearly three quarters of all boy scout troops are church sponsored and at the time the boy scouts of america did not allow gay boy scouts. so when liam decided to speak out in the newspaper about the boy scout policy he was taking a big risk? >> definitely. when he was willing to have his photograph put on page 1, my student editors did contact him to check are you sure you want
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to do this? he said yes i'm ready. >> the boy scouts of america declined our request for an on scrien screen interview. they followed the policy don't ask don't tell policy are followed by the u.s. military. but then the boy scouts policy changed. >> the membership standards are different. they file an application for membership, subject themselves to background check, and they fulfill a different role. >> august and liam wanted to continue on as scout leaders. >> i look up to my brother in so many ways, he's such a moral person. >> the ruling is especially
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difficult for the twins' father who at 14 gave up his own scouting dream when his mother died suddenly. >> from the moment we joined march 27th, 2007, i was determined to put them on a path to eagle. >> eagle scout. it is the highest and most elite rank a boy scout can achieve. >> congratulations to both of you. >> seven years and 21 merit badges later, liam and augt were awarded the coveted eagle scout badge at a ceremony in may. their father proudly by their side. joining the ranks of notable american leaders like astronaut neil armstrong, president gerry forward and explorer steve fawcett. >> you can't just wake up in four years in the boy scouts and say i'm going to do my eagle in a year.
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i'm going ostart now. you have to decide that you want it and you have to daily grind. >> and i like it. >> we like it a lot.about. >> august will now have the option of going on to become a scout leader. as for liam, his scouting career is over. >> it sounds to me like they're saying that in one day all of the things that i learned in boy scouts, all of my morals suddenly changed. and that developing into a gay adult somehow i will be significantly different, act significantly different than i did as a gay youth. it's really confusing and it's pretty ridiculous. >> former jeff leader jeff mcgrath is also confused. soon after talking about his sexuality to a national tv reporter the openly gay leader says he received a phone call from the boy scouts of america. >> his question was are you an
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open and avowed homosexual? and i said that, sir, is a rude question. and i won't answer it. but if you're asking if i'm gay the answer is yes. and he said based on that information, that my membership was revoked. >> mcgrath was expelled from the boy scouts and his church sponsored group was disbanded in april. it was and still is a painful moment for mcgrath who says he still tries to live by the scout oath. >> i don't always live up to the highest potential but i want to. it's largely because those ideals are inside me. >> the debate over this issue has taken a toll on the boy scouts of america. scouts from both sides are leaving the organization. membership is down 6% and big corporate sponsors have withdrawn. >> i can't see any reason to be in the boy scouts and i hope there's a new organization that
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would pop up, that takes its place. >> does it hurt you to say that? >> yes, it's really hard for me the say that. we love the boy scouts. this policy is ridiculous. but like everything else about the boy scouts, it's just incredible. >> reporter: in the fall liam and august will head off to separate colleges on the east coast . ♪ i can't make you love me if you don't ♪ >> one day i'm definitely coming back and with kids. so boy scouts better get their act together. >> for now, the twins remain committed to each other and the scouting tradition. >> scout is trustworthy loyal helpful friendly courteous kind owe bead incremental,
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thrifty and revere ent. >> tanya moseley, seattle. >> he will not revisit the policy addressing gay boy scout leads for two years. up coming: the world cup in 2014. when the dreams of pele fall apart. next week on "america tonight." .
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>> al jazeera america. pe. >> week 1 of the world cup has come to a close. and security worries and
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threatening start of the game, most of the action has stayed on the field. lee wellings. >> the protest against fifa, they didn't want fifa to take their money and they made it perfectly clear that they had the right to protest about it. and the braziln authorities wanted to quarterback that. they tried to get into the ground, against spain, they managed to get across security, they were detained. a security breach that is a real concern for fifa. what this world cup looks like it's going to be remembered for, the shock of brazil going behind
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croatia, netherlands, beating spain, and the strength of south american side and brazilian side. i think a south american side will go on to win this tournament. lee wellings, al jazeera. americans buying almost 200,000 tickets to the games, second only to the brazilian hosts. fans at home are watching too. soon reported that the u.s. win over ghana, that drew 16 million american viewers. most watched it on espn making it the network's highest rated soccer match on record. where they call football. that's it for us here on "america tonight." please remember next time on our program, we're headed back to brazil where supreme. it is more than a game, it's a ticket out of the ghetto. "america
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